RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IS UNDER ATTACK
William, Paul and James Newland and their sister, Christine Ketterhagen, who together own Hercules Industries, have no right to conduct their family business in a manner that comports with their Catholic faith.
The federal government can and will compel them to either surrender their business or to engage in activities the Catholic faith teaches are intrinsically immoral.
This is exactly what President Barack Obama’s Justice Department told a U.S. district court in a formal filing last week.
Never before has an administration taken such a bold step to strip Americans of the freedom of conscience — a right for which, over the centuries, many Christian martyrs have laid down their lives, and which our Founding Fathers took great care to protect in a First Amendment that expressly guarantees the free exercise of religion.
As the Founders understood, no government has legitimate authority to take this right away, because it does not come from government. It comes from God. The very purpose of government is to protect this right. A government that seeks to strip it away from the people is by that very process stripping away its own legitimacy.
What we are seeing from the Obama administration today — in its attack on religious liberty — is simply evil. When government seeks to compel individuals to act against their consciences and to engage in activities that, if willfully done, would imperil their immortal souls, there is no other word for it. Read more . . .
RESTORING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
VOTE YOUR VALUES
For quite some time, I have been on my soap box trying to spread the word that the Primary Election is the only real chance conservatives have to make a difference. The primary process is where, traditionally, the party weeds out the most conservative. If people wait to November to vote, then you only have the candidates the establishment party has been promoting. To vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.
This election cycle Missouri conservatives have an opportunity to make a big difference by supporting and voting for a slate of Constitutional Conservative Candidates.
The quick check for a candidate is to find out where they stand on right to life issues, (from conception to natural death). If strong on Life issues, you can be fairly sure that they will consistently vote for liberty and freedom on any and all other issues.
The second vital issue to appear on the primary ballot is the Religious Liberty Amendment. It will amend Missouri’s Constitution to ensure that:
- Children will have the right to pray voluntarily in our schools.
- Citizens will have the right to pray and acknowledge God in public settings and on public property.
- Elected officials will have the right to pray and acknowledge God in public meetings and ceremonies.
- Students will have the right to decline participation in school assignments or programs that violate their religious beliefs.
- Every public school in the state of Missouri prominently display the U.S. Bill of Rights.
Undoubtedly you would agree that religious liberty is one of America’s most important and cherished freedoms. Our forefathers, in their wisdom, included a clause in the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing that no citizen’s expression of religious would be impeded by the government.
Unfortunately, we live in an era where there is confusion over the precise religious liberty rights that the 1st Amendment actually guarantees.
To help clarify those rights, the 96th Missouri General Assembly passed Joint Resolution #2 in 2011. The proposed amendment spells out the worshiper’s religious rights in the public sphere. It will appear on the August 7, 2012 State Primary Ballot.
Ballot Language: A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to provide that neither the state nor political subdivisions shall establish any official religion. The amendment further provides that a citizen’s right to express their religious beliefs regardless of their religion shall not be infringed and that the right to worship includes prayer in private or public settings, on government premises, on public property, and in all public schools. The amendment also requires public schools to display the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution.
A “no” vote will not change the current constitutional provisions protecting freedom of religion. And remember, to not vote is to cast your lot with the ones that would abolish Religious Liberty.
If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.
Vote YES on Amendment 2 – Aug. 7